UPDATE: Another power outage affecting parts of North Highline

January 22nd, 2021 at 2:29 pm Posted in Utilities, White Center news | No Comments »

2:29 PM: Second big power outage this week – this time with about 5,700 homes and businesses affected, from Burien northward to southeast West Seattle, including parts of North Highline, as you can see above on the screengrab from the Seattle City Light map. This started around 1:10 pm; no word yet on the cause.

3:20 PM: Via Twitter, City Light says this was caused by “a downed tree that came into contact with overhead power lines.” A commenter on our partner site West Seattle Blog says the culprit tree appears to have been one that fell near the 509 ramp on the Olson/1st/etc. hill.

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UPDATE: Another power outage in White Center, West Seattle

January 21st, 2021 at 7:24 am Posted in Utilities, White Center news | 1 Comment »

7:24 AM: Thanks for the texts. More than 3,700 homes and businesses have lost power, from White Center to Westwood. No indication yet of the cause. Updates to come.

8:01 AM: Most have been restored after about an hour. Map shows one pocket remains, almost 400 customers in the Greenbridge area. (Added) SCL attributes the outage to “an underground issue.”

8:15 AM: The outage footprint, and cause, is similar to this December outage.

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You’re invited to talk about anti-displacement recommendations for North Highline

January 20th, 2021 at 2:22 pm Posted in King County, White Center news | No Comments »

As part of charting North Highline’s future, strategies are being developed to fight displacement. You’re invited to talk about it on January 30th. From King County’s David Goodman:

I would like to invite you to the upcoming Anti-Displacement Recommendations Discussion on January 30, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM, where community members will work together to develop recommendations for preventing displacement and increasing affordable housing in Skyway-West Hill and North Highline (White Center).

We will go over the strategies being considered and review the community feedback heard in the 2020 anti-displacement workshop series, but most of this meeting will be devoted developing recommendations and generating additional ideas for the County to consider.

Registration is now open!

All Skyway-West Hill and North Highline community members are invited to join this important conversation, even if you have not attended the prior anti-displacement workshops. Since this is a working meeting with limited time, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the strategies being discussed before January 30. Here are a couple easy ways to do that:

Check out our Anti-Displacement Strategy Toolkit – this toolkit contains the slides from each workshop session and helpful written explanations of each strategy. We will also be adding case studies to the toolkit in early January.

Watch the recorded Anti-Displacement Workshop Sessions. Each session is over 1.5 hours so it’s a bit of a commitment, but something you could listen to and watch while doing dishes or other activities.
Please register by January 26. To register go to: eventbrite.com/e/anti-displacement-recommendations-discussion-registration-132876367793

This meeting will be held over Zoom, with meeting access information emailed to registered attendees. For any questions, please feel free to email Yasmeen Perez at yaperez@kingcounty.gov.

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POWER OUTAGE: Windstorm takes out electricity for 4,000+

January 13th, 2021 at 12:47 am Posted in Utilities, Weather, White Center news | 1 Comment »

Mid-evening, the National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory alert … and a few hours later, the wind arrived. So far in the North Highline area, we have two major power outages with almost 11,000 customers out of power, plus another big outage in Burien. Stay indoors – lots of trees and wires down around the region.

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REOPENING: Southgate Roller Rink’s plan

January 10th, 2021 at 1:25 am Posted in Coronavirus, Fun, southgate, White Center news | 1 Comment »

Though the new statewide reopening plan still prohibits some things in Phase 1 – like indoor dining – it opens the door starting Monday for some indoor fitness and entertainment. Southgate Roller Rink has a plan under what’s allowed with the latter – here’s what they plan to do:

Reserve your space today! Under the new phase 1 guidelines for Entertainment Establishments, you can rent the rink privately for $78 per hour for up to 6 people beginning January 13th, 2021. Masks are required.

Reservations available 7 days a week from 12 pm-10 pm. Please give us a call at (206) 707-6949 or email us at info@southgaterollerrink.com!

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CANCELED: Tonight’s North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting is off

January 7th, 2021 at 3:06 pm Posted in North Highline UAC, White Center news | No Comments »

Just received:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council Meeting scheduled for tonight, Thursday, January 7, has been cancelled..

Please plan on joining us for our next scheduled meeting on Thursday, February 4th.

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January 7th, 2021 at 2:30 am Posted in Weather, White Center news | No Comments »

Thanks to Gill for the view of Wednesday’s vivid sunset!

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THURSDAY: White Center Food Bank’s future, King County Local Services, and more @ North Highline Unincorporated Area Council

January 5th, 2021 at 1:35 am Posted in North Highline UAC, White Center news | No Comments »

Thursday night, you’re invited to 2021’s first North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting:

The Opportunity to Be Informed, Be Involved and Be Heard!

Where? North Highline Unincorporated Area Council Meeting

When? Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 7 pm

HOW: Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 979 1900 5010
Passcode: NHUAC2021 (case sensitive)

Call in:
253 215 8782
Meeting ID: 979 1900 5010
Passcode: 030143620

Good News! 2020 is over and 2021 offers new opportunities to support a healthy community that does not back away from our struggles. At our last meeting with Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon and Sen. Joe Nguyen, we heard that the White Center Food Bank (WCFB) may soon be displaced from its home near Dick Thurnau Memorial Park. WCFB’s Associate Executive Director Carmen Smith will join our first meeting of 2021 to update us on this essential community organization.

Because North Highline is an unincorporated area (not part of a city), King County serves as both our regional (county) and local (municipal) governments. Many of the decisions that will form our future are being made by King County Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Council and implemented by King County Local Services. King County government is a common denominator for the people of North Highline. Its impact includes:

COVID-19 to public health to economic and ethnic justice to segregation and discrimination to displacement, fair housing, and opportunity to schools, parks, and open spaces to density and permitting to roads and infrastructure, police, and public safety to fireworks and cannabis shops to taxes and the budget…

That is why NHUAC is pleased that we will also be joined by King County Councilmember Joe McDermott and John Taylor, the Director of the Department of Local Services.

The King County Sheriff’s Office is another essential part of our community. This month we will be joined by Major Jeffrey Flohr and Deputy Bill Kennamer.

Knowledge is power.
Learn, share, and help make North Highline a better place.

Thursday, January 7th, 7 pm

Our coverage of last month’s meeting is here.

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LOST DOG: Near the golf courses

January 4th, 2021 at 11:48 am Posted in Lost and Found, Pets, White Center news | No Comments »

Be on the lookout!

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January 2nd, 2021 at 1:03 pm Posted in Lost and Found, Pets, White Center news | 2 Comments »

(Willow is back home – previous information removed per our protocol for lost/found pet posts)

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Time to take out the tree: How to recycle yours

January 1st, 2021 at 3:22 pm Posted in Environment, Holidays, White Center news | Comments Off on Time to take out the tree: How to recycle yours

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree … time to take you out before you dry out. If you have curbside service from Waste Management, you can put yours out with your yard waste – just be sure it’s cut into sections no longer than four feet. Or if you just want to drop off the entire tree, here’s an option the next two days:

Annual Scout Troop Christmas Tree Recycling will be Jan. 2 & 3

January 2, 2021 – January 3, 2021

Burien Eagles, 920 SW 150th Street

9 am-4 pm both days

Local Scout Troop 375/8375 will be holding their annual Christmas Tree Recycle the weekend of Jan. 2 & 3, 2021. Bring your tree to their recycling station at the FOE Burien Eagles Lodge parking lot, located behind the Countryside Cafe. No flocked trees please. Suggested Donation $5.

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Memorial planned online Saturday for Jonathan M. Hetzel, 1985-2020

December 31st, 2020 at 7:33 am Posted in Obituaries, White Center news | 2 Comments »

Family and friends will gather online Saturday to remember Jonathan M. Hetzel. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing:

Jonathan Mark Hetzel died peacefully at 8:44 pm on 12/15/2020 at St. Anne Hospital in Burien. He was 35 years old. He was surrounded by family, including his parents who were bedside, and siblings virtually. Jon is survived by many friends and family including: parents Mike and Anna Louise Hetzel; siblings Charlene McRae, Dave Hetzel, Michelle Hetzel, and Steve Hetzel; many cousins, including Stephanie Stone; and five nieces and three nephews.

Jon was a hard and diligent worker. By trade, Jon was a marine pipe fitter with U.A. Local 32 Plumbers and Pipefitters. He worked at Foss Maritime for almost 14 years until mid-2020, when he became too ill to work. He was a valued employee and his colleagues in the shipyard will miss him. Jon specifically enjoyed going out on Puget Sound for test runs after making fixes to tugboats or other marine vessels.

Jon was active in his union and appreciated the support and collective-bargaining strength that came with union membership. Because of his work history and union protections, his health insurance was maintained for months after he wasn’t able to work due to health problems. When he wasn’t able to work, he was concerned his health insurance would run out. We are deeply relieved, and grateful to UA Local 32, that he had continuous health insurance until his death.

Jon was a beautiful combination of extrovert and introvert. He could talk your ear off and very much enjoyed the company of others. He could make friends with almost anyone and specifically enjoyed the company of those who were older than he was. He also enjoyed his own company and often kept to himself. In the last several years, Jon’s health deteriorated and he suffered the loss of several friends who passed away. He felt the loss of his friends deeply. Jon was notoriously private and kept his friends and family separate; only in his passing are we beginning to meet each other.

Jon was an incredibly kind, compassionate, and gentle soul with a variety of interests. Jon was an avid reader and had boxes upon boxes of paperback novels. Jon particularly enjoyed learning about history and regularly watched the History Channel. He was knowledgeable about electronics and had many computers; he had a penchant for disassembling and repairing or upgrading them. Jon had a special relationship with puzzles – he found them particularly cathartic when he was going through treatment for his illness. Jon enjoyed traveling to far-off places. His most notable trips included Europe; Central America; Southeast Asia; and the Mediterranean. He loved learning about other cultures and was an adventurous eater, with a willingness to try local cuisine and apt enthusiasm for spicy foods.

Jon loved to barbecue with friends and was a regular when cookouts were held at Big Al’s Brewery; beer Mondays and BBQ Wednesdays were standing commitments on his calendar. Stubbs barbecue sauce was a mainstay in Jon’s fridge and pantry, along with meats and cheeses; chips and sour cream; fried chicken; gummy bears; and Jolly Ranchers. Jon chose fruit over vegetables and meat over anything else. His only foray into cooking was meat and jalapeño poppers. For dessert, he preferred ice cream or the occasional slice of apple pie.

Jon was active in the local White Center community. He was an enthusiast for small businesses, specifically restaurants including: Full Tilt; Proletariat Pizza; Itto’s Tapas; Young’s; Super Deli Mart; and Beer Star. He enjoyed White Center Art Walks and Jubilee Days. Jon made frequent trips to Lincoln Park, where he’d bring his breakfast and soak up the views.

In the last couple years, Jon became an active member of the White Center Eagles Club. He was there almost daily, socializing with everyone. The club members became like a surrogate family for Jon, making sure he had holiday plans and checking on him when his absence was noted. Since his passing, club members have stepped up to support the family and honor Jon’s memory. He was valued as a kind and caring member of the club.

A Zoom memorial for Jon will be held on Saturday, January 2nd, at 2 pm. A celebration of Jon’s life will be held this summer at Lincoln Park and will include a display of Jon’s favorite sarcastic T-shirts. Friends, coworkers, and others are encouraged to email michellehetzel@hotmail.com to participate in either or both events.

(WCN publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please email the text, and a photo if available, to whitecenternow@gmail.com)

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SCAM ALERT: No, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office isn’t trying to reach you to make a deal

December 29th, 2020 at 11:12 am Posted in Crime, Safety, White Center news | Comments Off on SCAM ALERT: No, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office isn’t trying to reach you to make a deal

Here’s an alert from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office:

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is aware of a scam call going to Western Washington residents regarding criminal cases and demanding money be transferred immediately.

These calls are a scam and they are targeting people who have no involvement in a crime. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is not calling demanding money from people involved in prostitution cases or any type of cases. Our office has never done that, and will not.

If you are charged with a crime, the way you will find out is through a formal summons or a warrant. Both must be handled in person.

Here’s the outline of one of the previous scam calls:

-The caller identifies themself as King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg and says the call recipient is being prosecuted for contacting someone underage.

-The number being faked is 206-477-1200.

-The call recipient is told to send a MoneyGram for $890 in order for the charges to be dropped. Do not wire money to this person. Our office will never call and demand money in exchange for charges being dropped.

Similar scams happened back in July and mid-August.

If you receive what you believe to be a bogus call from someone pretending to be from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, here are steps you can take. This information comes from our Economic Crimes Unit, which handles felony fraud cases such as this.

-Don’t panic. This threat is not legitimate. Even if you take no action you will not be charged with a crime.

-Write down any information you can gather about the call. This may include the time you received it, what number showed on your called ID and any statements made by the fraudulent caller. While a recording of the conversation may be helpful to law enforcement, in Washington it is illegal to record someone without first telling them the conversation will be recorded. So, if you decide to record the call, give them notice, turn on the recorder, and then repeat your notice.

-Contact your local law enforcement to report the attempted fraud. The non-emergency number for the Seattle Police Department, for example, is 206-625-5011 and you also can make a report online. Save the documentation regarding the report after you’ve filed it.

-If the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has actually charged you with a crime, separate from these scam calls, notify your attorney.

If you have questions or want to verify that a communication you received actually came from us, the phone number for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is 206-477-1200 and our email is Prosecuting.Attorney@kingcounty.gov. We are happy to help you.

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WHITE CENTER WEATHER: Snowfall follows all that rain

December 21st, 2020 at 8:15 pm Posted in Weather, White Center news | Comments Off on WHITE CENTER WEATHER: Snowfall follows all that rain

First, the pounding rain, and mid-50s temperatures … now, the falling snow, and the mercury’s in the 30s! The photo is by Alex (thank you!). Forecasters say the snow won’t last too much longer, though, so appreciate it while we’re seeing it. Tomorrow is still expected to be mostly sunny, followed by a much colder night, maybe into the 20s.

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WHITE CENTER FOOD: Boombox Bar’s opening day

December 21st, 2020 at 2:59 pm Posted in Food, Restaurants, White Center news | Comments Off on WHITE CENTER FOOD: Boombox Bar’s opening day

2:59 PM: For the second week in a row, White Center has a new place to eat. This time, Boombox Bar – in the former Swallow space, 9608 16th SW – is open for business, offering takeout through 9 pm tonight. You can see the Boombox menu here. It’s been a month and a half since we first mentioned Boombox was on the way.

6:03 PM: Because of this afternoon’s weather, we talked to the Boombox crew by phone rather than going over. They tell us they’ll be open noon to 9 pm, 7 days a week for now (closed Christmas Eve/Day and New Year’s Eve/Day). Their theme: American comfort food, and (when indoor dining is allowed again) come-as-you-are dining. They’re still awaiting their liquor license so no cocktails yet. In the future, post-pandemic, they hope to be a relaxed venue, full kitchen and bar, maybe eventually adding karaoke, trivia, other entertainment.

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UPDATE: Power outage in White Center, West Seattle

December 20th, 2020 at 8:39 am Posted in Utilities, West Seattle, White Center news | 4 Comments »

8:39 AM: A power outage is affecting parts of White Center and south West Seattle. City Light map shows 2,100+ out. We’re checking out an apparently related crash in Highland Park.

9:37 AM: That’s the car whose driver went off the road on the Highland Park Way hill. No serious injuries reported. Meantime, most affected by the outage are back on; just under 300 customers in West Seattle’s Puget Ridge neighborhood remain out.

10:21 AM: Everybody’s back on.

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Deputies searching for serial robbers

December 16th, 2020 at 9:03 pm Posted in Burien, King County Sheriff's Office, South Park, White Center news | Comments Off on Deputies searching for serial robbers

If you noticed the KCSO response that closed Ambaum south of White Center earlier tonight, here’s what that was about: Deputies are searching for two robbers who held up a mini-mart at Ambaum/126th and then another store on 14th Avenue South near South Park. Not too many descriptive details so far – KCSO spokesperson Sgt. Tim Meyer tells WCN the robbers are described as two Black men in their 20s, one wearing a white hoodie, one in a black hoodie. They were last seen on foot but probably in a vehicle to get between those two scenes; no description of that yet. Deputies have been using K-9s in the search, and Guardian One briefly joined in the Burien search until the weather got bad.

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REMINDER: North Highline Community Needs Survey open until year’s end

December 16th, 2020 at 3:52 pm Posted in King County, White Center news | Comments Off on REMINDER: North Highline Community Needs Survey open until year’s end

Have you answered the survey yet? David Goodman wants to ensure you are heard before time runs out:

I am writing to encourage you to share your priorities for your neighborhood on the North Highline Community Needs List survey by the end of 2020. Beginning in early 2021, our department will begin reviewing these priorities with other departments to prepare for further consultation with community members in the spring.

The list of ideas is now over 150 items long! Some of the priorities that have been most frequently identified so far include:

Sidewalks, street lighting, and street trees
Traffic calming measures in residential neighborhoods
Create pocket parks and community-centric amenities like a pea patch or community garden
Improvements at White Center Heights Park
Crisis response for those needing mental health or substance-abuse services
Early intervention, prevention for kids and youth
Clean up abandoned or vacant buildings
Prioritize working on gang, drug issues and long standing nuisance houses/repeat offenders

On this survey, you’ll be able to see all of the community-generated ideas for the Community Needs List and identify which ones are a priority for you. You can also add new ideas if your priorities are not reflected already.

There will be plenty of opportunity to provide feedback and continue this conversation in 2021, but the next few weeks are the best time to make sure your idea receives consideration from King County.

This survey and all other materials are also available in Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, and Khmer.

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WHITE CENTER FOOD: Opening day for Bizzarro Italian Café

December 14th, 2020 at 4:17 pm Posted in Food, Restaurants, White Center news | Comments Off on WHITE CENTER FOOD: Opening day for Bizzarro Italian Café

We first told you last month that Bizzarro Italian Café was expanding and would take over the former Noble Barton space in downtown White Center. Today is opening day – 5-8 pm for takeout; you can call ahead for pickup, 206-453-4441.

They also offer third-party delivery. Menu’s on their website.

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UPDATE: White Center, West Seattle outage – 3,760 lose power

December 12th, 2020 at 2:45 pm Posted in Utilities, White Center news | Comments Off on UPDATE: White Center, West Seattle outage – 3,760 lose power

2:45 PM: Thanks for the tips! 3,760 are without power in a White Center/West Seattle outage, according to the City Light map. No cause yet.

2:58 PM: The outage is affecting some traffic signals, including on Roxbury – remember that an out or flashing signal becomes a 4-way stop. Also reported to be affected: At least part of Westwood Village.

3:20 PM: There’s a multi-vehicle crash at an apparently affected intersection, 16th/107th, with one car reported on its side. King County Sheriff’s Deputies are on scene. Meanwhile, we have a message out to SCL seeking the latest on the outage’s cause.

3:35 PM: We’re hearing that at least some of those affected are back on.

3:39 PM: The map shows just under 400 customers now still without power, mostly in the Greenbridge area. Adding the updated screengrab above.

3:51 PM: Here’s the crash scene at 16th/107th, east side of the intersection:

Deputies say three cars were involved and the signal (back on now) was out at the time. No injuries. They’re just waiting for tow trucks.

5:56 PM: SCL map shows everybody’s back on.

6:07 PM: SCL tells us that “underground cable failure” is what they believe to have been the cause.

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